A petition filed by the CPM against the demolition drive in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, including areas like Shaheen Bagh which came to the limelight during the anti-citizenship law protests, will be heard today by the Supreme Court. It is likely to be heard later today along with other petitions against the Jahangirpuri demolitions.
The CPM’s lawyer mentioned the plea before the Chief Justice of India today and sought an urgent hearing. The CJI asked the lawyer to mention the plea before the bench that is hearing the matter.
Meanwhile, a fresh demolition drive, initiated by the South Delhi civic body in the area today, was halted soon after and the bulldozers returned. Temporary structures there were removed by the locals while AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan coordinated with the market association.
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Such Demolitions To Continue Unless Court’s Stay Order Is Shown: Civic Body
No notice was needed to be issued under the provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act for such removal, the NDMC said. The NDMC says that after the order of the Supreme Court to maintain status quo, those who were removed from public roads came back and occupied the footpaths again. It said the petitioner has willfully and deliberately suppressed information to sensationalize the issue. Unless a court’s stay order is shown such drives will continue, the NDMC asserted.
Only projections on public road, unauthorised temporary structures and shops were removed, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) said in its response. It said the building line has remained intact during the present drive as well as earlier drives. Sacks of garbage, unauthorised projection on public land, unauthorised temporary structures well beyond the boundary of the houses of the houses and shops were removed during the drive.
North Delhi Civic Body’s Response Ahead Demolition Hearing In Supreme Court
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has filed its response in the Supreme Court stating that it is not targeting any community. In an affidavit it said no house was demolished and called the petitioners’ allegations as “blatant falsehood” for which they should be prosecuted. The petitioners in the case are Jamat Ulama-i-Hind and CPM leader Brinda Karat.
- 10 am: Civic body team arrives at Shaheen Bagh G Block market
- 10:15 am: A bulldozer arrives at the spot
- 10:30 am: A Delhi Police team along CRPF personnel reach the spot
- 10:45 am: Congress activists stage protest in front of the bulldozer
- 11 am: Congress protesters detained by police
- 11:15 am: Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan arrives at the spot
- 11:30 am: A bulldozer reaches to a scaffolding put up for painting
- 12 pm: The MLA and the market association intervene and assured the civic body that the scaffolding will be removed
- 12:30 pm: The scaffolding removed by the locals
- 12:45 pm: The bulldozer and the civic body officials leave the spot
The pleas against South Delhi civic body’s demolitions, including in Shaheen Bagh, will be heard at 2 pm today.
Live Updates: AAP MLA Says No Illegal Encroachment In Shaheen Bagh
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan said there are no illegal encroachment in the Shaheen Bagh area and that he himself had removed all illegal structures. He alleged the civic body and the BJP are playing politics.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation began a demolition drive today in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, but stopped a while later.
Shaheen Bagh Demolition Live: Plea Says Demolition Did Not Follow Legal Process
“Now it is reliably understood that they would be demolishing the buildings in Shaheen Bagh and others between May 9 and 13,” the plea says. “It is most respectfully submitted that the political executive of respondent municipal corporation is maliciously indulging in a political game plan.” The plea says the action was “absolutely and manifestly arbitrary” and without following any due process of law.
Jahangirpuri Demolition Live: CPM’s Plea Claims No Notice Given Before Demolitions
The CPM’s plea claims no proper show-cause notice or time was given to those residing/working there by SDMC and other concerned authorities. It says the SDMC’s action was a violation of fundamental rights. While authorities demolished buildings with bulldozers in Sangham Vihar on May 4, a drive in Kalindi Kunj was not undertaken as per schedule as there was no sufficient police force, the plea adds.
Jahangirpuri Demolition: CPM’s Plea Calls Demolitions “Highly Illegal”
CPM’s plea was filed yesterday and mentions that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) plans to carry out demolition in Shaheen Bagh, while in some other areas demolition already done. The plea says the SDMC has carried out a highly illegal and inhumane action to demolish buildings of the people of South Delhi which is in total violation of principles of natural justice, statutes and the constitution – under the guise of encroachment removal programme.